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Sourcing Specialist

Company: Safeway
Location: Pleasanton
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:


POSITION PURPOSE: The Sourcing Specialist is responsible for sourcing products that are low in complexity or spend and supports the Sr. Buyers, Managers and Sr. Managers with their sourcing activities for ingredients, packaging, finished goods, supplies, and/or indirect service projects for the company.


  • Source various products and/or product categories under supervision that are low in complexity and spend; utilizing the various standard sourcing processes adopted by the Strategic Sourcing Department.
  • Identify new suppliers for new and existing items including supplier relationship management.
  • Develop and negotiate contract terms including executing and implementing contracts. Interface with Safeway's Legal Counsel as needed to obtain approval on legal terms.
  • Support Sourcing Manager as needed with their categories.
  • Gather bid data and analyze complex supplier proposals and make award recommendations to the sourcing management and key stakeholders.
  • Reviews acquisition costs to ensure items purchased are at the lowest cost consistent with considerations of quality, reliability of source, and urgency of need.
  • Summarize financials and present recommendations to business unit and senior management.
  • Analyze and resolve inventory liabilities on discontinued product.
  • Conduct Industry analysis and identify industry trends.
  • Identify and execute cost savings initiatives that support the departments overall savings goal, deliver improved quality, cost, service, and innovation.
  • Identify and implement projects that reduce working capital and increase sales
  • Support and participate in Sourcing's Innovation projects that support Safeway's Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.
  • Approves Accounts Payable variance processes for distribution sourced items to ensure correct prices have been invoiced.
  • Support supplier transitions when required by monitoring liabilities, enabling vendor set-up and ensuring documentation is accurate and complete.
  • Manage supplier relationships with primary responsibility for bringing resolution on a day to day issues related to pricing, product availability, and ongoing projects.
  • Input data accurately into multiple systems and responsible for ensuring on-time completion of all forms.
  • Ensure and adhere to the correct processes are being followed for SOX compliance.


Education Level: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferred.

Skills and Experiences:

  • Strong ability to negotiate, execute and implement contracts.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong understanding of manufacturing, distribution, logistics, marketing and Retail execution preferred.
  • Good knowledge of sourcing systems and preferable e-sourcing technology.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Good meeting management and presentation skills.
  • Strong relationship building and collaboration skills.
  • High energy level, initiative, creative problem solving ability and sense of urgency.
  • Ability to work independently and with teams while providing superior service.



  • Work typically performed in a temperature-controlled environment.
  • Sits, stands or walks for extended periods of time.
  • Spends long periods of time at desk or computer terminal.
  • Uses calculators, keyboards, telephone and other office equipment in the course of a normal workday.
  • Workday is fast paced, some evening and weekend work may be required.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified.

Diversity is fundamental at Albertsons Companies. We foster an inclusive working environment where the different strengths and perspectives of each employee is both recognized and valued. We believe that building successful relationships with our customers and our communities is only possible through the diversity of our people. And a diverse workforce leads to better teamwork and creative thinking, as well as mutual understanding and respect.

The Albertsons Companies policy is to provide employment, training, compensation, promotion and other conditions of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, medical condition, marital status or any other legally protected status.

We support a drug-free workplace. All applicants offered a position are required to pass a pre-employment drug test before hire.


Keywords: Safeway, Pleasanton , Sourcing Specialist, Other , Pleasanton, California

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